For good dental health, you need to look after your teeth! Tooth decay is a very common health problem in Australia, but they are largely preventable.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. The bacteria in plaque use sugars in food and drinks to produce acid. This acid dissolves the tooth’s strengthening minerals (calcium and phosphate) from the tooth surface.
Our eating and drinking habits play an important role in the development and prevention of tooth decay. With sugary food and drinks, it’s how much we consume, as well as how often, that affects the development of tooth decay. Solid foods are cleared from the mouth more slowly than liquid, giving the plaque more time to produce acid. Sticky foods are particularly bad as they tend to stay in close contact with teeth much longer.
Looking after your teeth is a lifelong commitment.
These few tips will help keep your teeth in tip-top condition:
* See a dentist for a check-up at least once a year!
* Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks
* And think twice next time you grab for that sweet treat!
Bad breath (also known as Halitosis) is an embarrassing problem but it can be overcome! It's generally due to retained food particles causing decay or gum disease.
You can help manage bad breath by remembering to follow these 3 steps each day/night
- Regular brushing of teeth and gums
- Daily flossing at night before sleeping
- Tongue cleaning with tongue scrapers to remove the odour
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If you’ve experienced bad breath and would like to find out more about how you can overcome this problem, contact the friendly team at Greenslopes Dental to book your appointment today!